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David vs. Goliath on "DWTS" Set

11/25/2008 5:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

There was an explosion of anger a few days ago on the "Dancing with the Stars" set.

Our sources say it all went down when the remaining professionals and celebs were rehearsing for the group dance that aired last night. Warren Sapp showed up several hours late for rehearsal. When Sapp finally arrived mid-rehearsal, he began complaining he was having a hard time following the routine.

Several dancers complained back that it was Warren's own fault for getting there late. At that point, Sapp snapped, throwing Derek Hough against the wall. Now get this -- all 97 pounds of Derek wouldn't back down.

We're told there was a stand-off in the dance room until they both cooled off and went back to rehearsing.

UPDATE: Derek tells TMZ, "This has been blown way out of proportion. Warren and I exchanged a few words at rehearsal that lasted seconds. The idea that Warren would do physical harm to me or anyone is outrageous. We've all become good friends during the season."

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46.

dancefan    

Warren should have been in trouble BIG TIME for hitting Tom Bergeron! Remember that? Totally unacceptable behavior and a bad role model too!

PS-I loved Chloris on the show. I wish she didn't swear, etc. but she has real comedic timing and presence out there compared to the younger (to her) male comedians. Her flexibility was AMAZING!!! Given her age her scores were low when you consider that she likely exceeded her physical potential. Carrie Anne was mean to her.

2052 days ago
47.

DMX hater    

Beware of the animals!! Warren is such a loser!! And yes, the judges did kiss his a$$, I guesss they thought that he may go off on them!! Since he seems to be unstable, but knows that affirmative action still exists!! What's with all these football players trying to dance anyway?? And they always match them,(or they request to be) with a white woman!! I guess it takes a white person to teach these clumsy ornaments to dance!! they are a bunch of turkeys, and DWTS is a joke!!

2052 days ago
48.

annie    

Sapp was BORING, fat-faced and couldn't dance. Mr. Smiley. That kid Cody could out-dance him and Sapp should have been booted much sooner than he was.

2041 days ago
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